Dr. Jesús Estudillo López
Renowned veterinarian and ornithologist Jesús Estudillo López is the only person to have successfully bred resplendent quetzals in captivity. In addition to studying veterinary medicine at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), where he was a professor for many years, he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation scholarship that allowed him to earn an M.A. in ornithology at Ohio University, Athens. He has made key contributions to Mexican aviculture, among them the development of important vaccines that defend against major avian diseases.
Dr. Estudillo López has been internationally recognized for his skill in breeding numerous threatened species, including the resplendent quetzal, in captivity at his facility, Vida Silvestre, in Ixtapaluca, México. Among the numerous awards and recognitions that he has received are the reconocimiento al mérito of the Fondo Mundial para la Vida Silvestre/World Wildlife Fund and his inscription into the Global 500 Roll of Honor of the United Nations Environment Program in 1993 in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. In 1975, in the Bolivian highlands close to the Ixiama River, he discovered an exceptionally rare species of cracids, now known as Crax estudilloi, named in his honor.
More information on Jesús Estudillo López and his Vida Silvestre research facility in Ixtapaluca is at http://www.vida-silvestre.org/